On 23 April 2010, the Dutch seismic services company Fugro NV and its Norwegian subsidiary announced they do not want to undertake any more assignments in Western Sahara under the current political situation in the country.
Different Fugro NV subsidiaries have been involved in the territory for a decade. In 2004, Fugro shot seismic for Kerr-McGee’s Boujdour permit offshore Western Sahara. In 2009, it was awarded a contract for a seismic survey in occupied Western Sahara, by the American oil company Kosmos Energy. The Dutch Fugro parent company then indicated to local media that it had every intention of completing the Kosmos contract.
In that sense, the admission is tardy. The data have already been gathered and delivered to the American company it worked for. Fugro-Geoteam has already prepared everything for a breach of international law and a conflict escalation in Western Sahara
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
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